Saturday, January 27, 2024

2024 Dania Vintage Motorcycle Show

Made in England decal on Norton fender.
Brit bikes were among the dazzling variety of vintage motorcycles.

 A brief rain shower gave way to clear skies and terrific classic motorcycles on display at the 2024 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show in Dania Beach, Florida Jan. 27. 

Once again, my 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet was the only Royal Enfield I spotted at the show, and it was in the parking lot. 

"Never seen one of those before. Where is it from?" a fellow parking a Harley-Davidson asked me before I could get my helmet off. 

It's always gratifying when other riders show an interest, but less gratifying was his next comment: that my Enfield needs cleaning! (And he's not wrong.) 

But on to the photos,

1920 Clyno two-stroke motorcycle.
Crowd loved 1920 Clyno two-stroke, which started with only a gentle push forward. 269cc with two-speeds and clutch built into the drive belt pulley.
1939 Vincent-HRD Comet.
1939 Vincent-HRD Comet in jewel-like condition.
1939 Vincent-HRD Comet.
The 1939 Vincent-HRD Comet really stands out.
Side cover of 1964 BSA Clubman.
Gleaming brightwork on 1964 BSA clubman.
Seat identifies 1977 Triumph Jubilee.
Triumph's wildly successful 1977 Silver Jubilee special.
Triumph Silver Jubilee certificate.
...and the motorcycle even came with a certificate.
Triumph hardtail special.
Stripped down Triumph hardtail custom was a treat for the eyes.
Motor of Triumph hardtail custom.
Note how horn, crankcase and gearbox modesty panel pick up the horizontal lines of the motor on Triumph hardtail custom.
Headlight of Triumph hardtail custom.
Even the headlamp of Triumph custom has horizontal lines.
Sign identifies 1973 Norton Commando 850.
Norton girl introduces 1973 850 Commando.
Norton Commando reflected in own fender.
1973 Norton Commando 850 reflects on itself.
1928 Indian Scout.
1928 Indian Scout with period top box.
Indian logo on Indian fender.
Streamlined figurehead on 1928 Indian Scout fender.
1915 Excelsior.
Onlookers agreed 1914 Excelsior should remain in "as found" condition.
Tank of 1915 Excelsior.
Excelsior was in the swap meet section of the show.
1972 MZ ES 150/1 from East Germany.
Futuristic 1972 MZ ES 150/1 had swing arm suspension front and rear, massive fenders with no stays.
Fuel cap of MZ motorcycle.
MZ fuel cap boasts of the marque's victories right in the rider's vision; very clever marketing.
Radical custom bicycle on display.
Dania show also features bicycles and no, I did not have one like this when I was a boy.
Toy airplane attached to handlebar.
I love gimmicks like this bicycle handlebar airplane.
"Save the Choppers" sign on motorcycle.
From what do choppers need saving? What more could be done to them than already has?
Car with giant wind up key on trunk lid.
Not everyone comes to the motorcycle show on a motorcycle.

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